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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–11 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (final)
Competitors42 from 35 nations
Winning time4:03.22
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Katie Hoff  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joanne Jackson  Great Britain
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Rebecca Adlington became Great Britain's first female gold medalist in swimming in 48 years.[2] She posted an outside-record time of 4:03.22 to hold off U.S. swimmer Katie Hoff in the final 50 metres with a 1.46-second deficit. Hoff added a silver to her hardware from the 400 m individual medley just a day earlier, in 4:03.29. Adlington's teammate Joanne Jackson earned a bronze in 4:03.52, handing an entire medal haul for Team GB in the pool.[3][4][5]

France's Coralie Balmy narrowly missed the podium by eight hundredths of a second (0.08), finishing in fourth place at 4:03.60. Italy's world record holder and top favorite Federica Pellegrini earned a fifth spot in a time of 4:04.56, holding off Romania's Camelia Potec to sixth by 0.10 of a second (4:04.66). Australia's Bronte Barratt (4:05.05) and defending Olympic champion Laure Manaudou (4:11.26).[3]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, Hoff's teammate Kate Ziegler, and South Africa's Wendy Trott, who broke a new African record (4:08.38) in the heats.[6]

Earlier in the prelims, Pellegrini, Hoff, Jackson, and Adlington broke one of the oldest Olympic records in the book as they each went under the time of 4:03.85, which had stood since Janet Evans won the gold medal in the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[6]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:01.53 Eindhoven, Netherlands 24 March 2008
Olympic record   Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 5 Katie Hoff   United States 4:03.71 OR
August 10 Heat 6 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 4:02.19 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 4:02.19 Q, OR
2 6 3 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 4:02.24 Q, NR
3 5 4 Katie Hoff   United States 4:03.71 Q, AM
4 5 6 Joanne Jackson   Great Britain 4:03.80 Q
5 5 3 Bronte Barratt   Australia 4:04.16 Q, OC
6 5 5 Coralie Balmy   France 4:04.25 Q
7 4 6 Camelia Potec   Romania 4:04.55 Q
8 4 4 Laure Manaudou   France 4:04.93 Q
9 4 5 Otylia Jędrzejczak   Poland 4:05.50
10 4 3 Linda Mackenzie   Australia 4:05.91
11 6 1 Stephanie Horner   Canada 4:07.45
12 5 2 Wendy Trott   South Africa 4:08.38 AF
13 5 7 Lotte Friis   Denmark 4:08.47
14 6 5 Kate Ziegler   United States 4:09.59
6 7 Flavia Rigamonti   Switzerland
16 4 8 Jördis Steinegger   Austria 4:09.72 NR
17 6 2 Melissa Corfe   South Africa 4:10.54
18 5 1 Gabriella Fagundez   Sweden 4:11.40
19 4 1 Savannah King   Canada 4:11.49
20 3 3 Susana Escobar   Mexico 4:11.99 NR
21 3 5 Monique Ferreira   Brazil 4:12.21
22 4 7 Tan Miao   China 4:12.35
23 4 2 Erika Villaécija García   Spain 4:14.25
24 3 6 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au   Hong Kong 4:14.82
25 6 8 Jaana Ehmcke   Germany 4:15.15
26 5 8 Li Mo   China 4:15.50
27 3 2 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou   Greece 4:15.78
28 3 4 Daria Belyakina   Russia 4:16.21
29 1 4 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 4:16.22
30 3 1 Lynette Lim   Singapore 4:17.67
31 6 6 Ai Shibata   Japan 4:17.96
32 2 2 Yanel Pinto   Venezuela 4:18.09
33 2 1 Nataliya Khudyakova   Ukraine 4:18.34
34 3 7 Cecilia Biagioli   Argentina 4:19.85
35 2 7 Eva Lehtonen   Finland 4:20.07
36 2 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva   Puerto Rico 4:20.17
37 2 6 Lee Ji-eun   South Korea 4:21.53
38 2 5 Khoo Cai Lin   Malaysia 4:23.37
39 2 4 Golda Marcus   El Salvador 4:23.50
40 3 8 Yang Chin-kuei   Chinese Taipei 4:24.78
41 1 3 Shrone Austin   Seychelles 4:35.86
1 5 Natthanan Junkrajang   Thailand DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 4:03.22
  3 Katie Hoff   United States 4:03.29 AM
  6 Joanne Jackson   Great Britain 4:03.52
4 7 Coralie Balmy   France 4:03.60
5 4 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 4:04.56
6 1 Camelia Potec   Romania 4:04.66
7 2 Bronte Barratt   Australia 4:05.05
8 8 Laure Manaudou   France 4:11.26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Adlington snatches swimming gold". BBC Sport. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Rebecca Adlington Overtakes Katie Hoff for Gold in Women's 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ Kitson, Robert (11 August 2008). "Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins gold for Britain in 400m freestyle". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (11 August 2008). "Rebecca Adlington wins gold on a rewarding day for Britain – Beijing Olympics 2008". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Olympic Record Falls Twice in Women's 400 Free, Federica Pellegrini Tops Qualifying". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Veldhuis and Pellegrini set world records at Euro swimming championships". International Herald Tribune. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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